Charles Ball: Collaborating Performer 'They Gather'

Charles is an independent dance artist, teacher and choreographer. His professional repertoire includes Queensland Ballet’s Little Red Riding Hood (Lucas Jervies), Prying Eye’s The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf, Transit Dance Company’s BOYZ (Paul Malek), Liesel Zink’s The Stance, Seeing Place’s Time Capsule (Kate Shearer), and Nick Cave’s Heard. In 2015, Charles also understudied multiple roles for Expressions Dance Company’s Carmen Sweet, 7 Deadly Sins, and The Host (Natalie Weir).


Charles graduated from QUT in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) with Distinction. During his studies, he had the opportunity to work closely with numerous choreographers including Gavin Webber, Vanessa Mafe, Lisa Griffiths, Csaba Buday, Majestic, Keith Hawley and Sammie Williams. He Also performed excepts of works from Graeme Murphy, Natalie Weir, and Daniel Riley, including an international tour in 2014 to the Beijing Dance Festival, and the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, held in Angers, France.

Storm Helmore: Collaborating Performer 'They Gather' - Rehearsal Direction (Australia) 'Inner Terra' & 'The Age of Ledger'

Storm Helmore is an independent dance artist based in Perth, Western Australia. Originally from Queensland, Storm undertook a Bachelor of Science and many years of work in commercial styles of dance in Brisbane before completing her contemporary dance training at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2011, Storm has been engaged for creative developments, performances and choreographic labs by numerous choreographers and companies, including Marrugeku, Buzz Dance Theatre, Praxis Collective, Hydra Poesis, Sue Peacock, Rachel Ogle, Rhiannon Newton, Emma Fishwick, Isabella Stone, Aimee Smith and Tyrone Robinson. She has also taken and created opportunities to develop her own choreographic voice and is particularly interested in using improvisation in the creation of work and in performance. Storm has choreographed a number of short works for Short Cuts, In Short and In Situ, created a work on a group of first year students at WAAPA, and undertaken choreographic residencies at The Chapel Space as part of Uncollected Collective. She is also very committed to sharing dance through teaching, and does so regularly in a variety of contexts.

Stelio Manousakis: Co-creator & performer in ’That which is swan and Ivy’ by Center no Distractor

Stelios Manousakis (GR/NL) is a Netherlands-based artist exploring relationships between time, space, body, system, and sound. His work is particularly concerned with the invisible and the ephemeral, and with shaping sensation, perception and experience in time. His practice lies in the convergence zones of art, philosophy, science and engineering; it extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to compositions, fixed media pieces, and film music, and often merges algorithmic finesse with the expressiveness of improvisation or the immediacy of audience participation. Stelios’ work has been shown across Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East in festivals, performance venues, centers, museums, galleries, and underground spaces such as ZKM Karlsruhe, dOCUMENTA, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, IDFA, Dag in de Branding, ICMC, NIME, Rewire festival, Audio Art festival, IEM Graz and STEIM among others. Besides his solo work, he has co-founded several music ensembles and multimedia groups, and most recently the intermedial Modern Body Festival. He studied music and linguistics in Greece, Sonology in the Netherlands, and is ABD PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS, University of Washington, Seattle, USA).

Miguel Marin: Composer of 'Inner Terra' & original contributions to 'The Age of Ledger'


Miguel Marin is a composer and music artist who has composed for film soundtracks, documentaries, dance, theatre and video installations. He writes his own music and has collaborated with a number of dance companies including Rambert, Decalage, Company Chameleon, Carlos Acosta, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Joseph Lau and Bridget Fiske. In 2001 he began a solo project as ‘Arbol' that has seen him tour Japan, USA, Europe, and a number of music festivals such as Sonar, whilst his last album was ranked one of the best Spanish albums of the year (Go-mag).

Stephanie Pan:  Co-creator and performer in ’That which is swan and Ivy’ by Center no Distractor & performer of 'Let us meet where the grass is green' (Chinese Folk song)

Stephanie Pan is a vocalist, performance artist, maker, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands. At the root of her work is the notion of pure communication; finding a form of contact with the audience which is stripped of social expectations and distractions, that speaks beyond the conventional and social limitations and constructs of language. A mutating combination of theater/ performance art/experimental music/improvisation/controlled chaos/pop music/classical music, her work is visceral, passionate and intense, and often explores the limits of the body and voice.


She has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, and has created and performed work with a wide variety of groups/collaborators such as acclaimed rebel theatre group Belarus Free Theatre, Rosa Ensemble, De Veenfabriek, and filmmaker Jeanette Groenendaal. Together with her duo partner Stelios Manousakis, she has co-founded groups such as Computer Aided Breathing and Center no Distractor. Additionally, they co-founded and co-curate the new inter-media event Modern Body Festival in The Hague.  


Ms. Pan received her Masters in Theatre from DasArts: Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts (AHK), and holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics, and a First Phase Diploma, with distinction, in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague.

Stephanie Pokoj:​ Collaborating Performer 'They Gather'

Stephanie is a Brisbane based dancer and choreographer. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology, she has worked in Australia and UK with Independent contemporary choreographers.  Her current focus is looking at choreographing works with sensorial experiences for the audience within traditional theatre settings.

She is currently completing her Masters of Creative Industries (Interdisciplinary) at QUT, with a focus on trans-media storytelling and Advertising.  

Courtney Scheu: Collaborating Performer 'They Gather'​

Courtney Scheu is an independent performer, choreographer and teacher. Drawing from literature, improvisation and varying disciplines, she explores the physical potential of the human body and how she might disrupt familiar patterns of moving. She has collaborated with various artists, presenting work for festivals and independently around Australia. Courtney recently performed in the QLD tour of Flaunt by Claire Marshall and in Nerida Matthaei’s angel-monster.  She choreographed on the first year students for the QUT 2016 mid year performance season. Courtney is committed to contributing to conversations of dance and the overall cultural landscape of Brisbane.

Sammie Williams - Collaborating Performer 'They Gather'

Sammie is an independent dance artist whose artistic practice ranges from performing and choreographing to teaching and facilitating. She works across a variety of styles from contemporary to commercial and hip hop. Sammie is passionate about working across arts education and has taught workshops and led projects for many years in high schools and various community projects. 


Sammie’s performance credits include Force Majeure’s choreographic lab, short solo work Little Girl for Makeshift Collective at Anywhere Theatre Festival, Motherboards’ production of Deluge for Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival & Sewol Memorial and The Stance by Liesel Zink for Metro Arts’ Slipstream festival 2015.


As a choreographer Sammie’s list is extensive, some of her choreographic credits include the film clip ‘Balloons’ for Foals and ‘Be Gone’ for Tara Simmons, ‘Empty Beats for Lonely Dancers’, ‘One Way’ and ‘Hands that Hurt’ for QUT graduation seasons. Sammie was a guest artist and movement director with Hot Brown Honey Burlesque for Brisbane Festival 2015. In 2016 Sammie was an artist in residence at Metro Arts where she continued creative development of her work ‘One Way’. 

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